Reese Family 2011 Pumpkins

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Oct 292011

So, I finished up working on the last of the 2011 Reese Family pumpkins.  We ended up doing 5 pumpkins this year, and I ended up being very happy with all of them.  I’ve posted the first two already, but I’m going include them here again, so I can put them all in one list.

Pumpkin #1 – Benny the Beaver       



Pumpkin #2 – Toothless the Dragon (from How you train your dragon)



Pumpkin #3 – Charzard (Pokemon)



Pumpkin #4 – Yoshi


Pumpkin #5 – Matt Smith Dr. Who




And that brings us to the last of the pumpkins for this year.  Smile



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2011 Pumpkin #2–Toothless the Dragon

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Oct 252011

For those of you that don’t have kids dragging you to most cartoons released in the theatre, this is a picture of Toothless, from the movie How to train your dragon.  Toothless is what they call, a NightFury.  Anyway – here’s a picture of the dragon from the movie:


And here is our recreation on the pumpkin:



So, that’s two pumpkins down – three to go.  Though, the last three get really complicated, so I likely won’t be carving them until Friday or Saturday so that they will last till Halloween.



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2011 Jack-o-lantern #1

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Oct 242011

Around Halloween, the pumpkin carving usually begins in earnest.  Today, I completed the first of our 5 pumpkins.  This one is mine – and I decided to go with the OSU Beaver in honor of the whooping the football team put on Washington State this last weekend.  Hopefully it will display proudly through next weekend when we play Utah.




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MarcEdit 5.6: MarcEdit Intellisense

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Oct 022011

In MarcEdit 5.6, I’ve added support for a number of new mnemonic values.  This means that MarcEdit now supports a really long list of mnemonic values.  To make it easier for people using mnemonics – I’ve added an intellisense to the MarcEdit application.  When a user types { the application will automatically pop-up the list of available mnemonics.  As you type, the program will autocomplete your mnemonic value. 

This is an optional function – and if you work primarily with UTF8 data, you may want to turn it off because at this point, MarcEdit will always suggest a mnemonic code when the { is used (even though you shouldn’t add mnemonics to UTF8 encoded files).  The reason is that internally, MarcEdit treats all data as UTF8 so it’s not a simply process of determining when a user is only in UTF8 mode and when they are solely working with MARC-8 data.  If the mnemonic box pops up and you want to ignore it, just press escape. 

For information about this new feature, see:


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MarcEdit 5.6: New mnemonic values

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Oct 022011

I’ve had a few people ask me to include some additional convenience mnemonics to MarcEdit to make it easier for people entering mnemonics in MARC-8 mode.  The mnemonic list now includes the following elements (see below):


aacute — á
Aacute — ?
abreve — ă
Abreve — Ă
acirc — â
Acirc — Â
acute — ´
aelig — æ
AElig — Æ
agr — ɑ
agrave — à
Agrave — À
alif — ʾ
amp — &
aogon — ą
Aogon — Ą
arab (begin arab script)
aring — å
Aring — Å
atilde — ã
Atilde — Ã
auml — ä
Auml — Ä
ayn — ʿ
bgr — β
breve — ˘
breveb –  ̮̮̮̮̮̮̮̮̮
brvbar — ¦
bull — •
cacute — ć
Cacute — Ć
candra –  ???
caron — ˇ
ccaron — ?
Ccaron — Č
ccedil — ç
Ccedil — Ç
cedil — ¸
circ — ˆ
circb — ̭̭
cjk (begin cjk)
commaa –  ̒
commab –  ̦
copy — ©
dagger — †
Dagger — ‡
dblac — ?
dbldotb — ‥
dblunder — ‗
dcaron — ?
Dcaron — Ď
deg — °
diaer — ¨
dollar ($)
dot — ˙
dotb — ․
dstrok — đ
Dstrok — ?
ea — ˚
eacute — é
Eacute — É
ecaron — ě
Ecaron — Ě
ecirc — ê
Ecirc — Ê
egrave — è
Egrave — È
ehookr — ę
Ehookr — Ę
eogon — ę
Eogon — Ę
eth — ð
Eth — ?
euml — ë
Euml — Ë
flat — ♭
frac12 — ½
frac14 — ¼
frac34 — ¾
ggr — ɣ
grave — `
greek (begin greek script)
hardsign — ъ
hebrew (begin hebrew script)
hellip — …
hooka (combining hook above)
iacute — í
Iacute — ?
icaron — ?
Icaron — ?
icirc — î
Icirc — Î
Idot — İ
iexcl — ¡
igrave — ì
Igrave — Ì
ijlig — ij
IJlig — IJ
inodot — ı
iquest — ¿
iuml — ï
Iuml — ?
joiner (zero width joiner)
lacute — ĺ
Lacute — Ĺ
latin (begin latin script)
lcub ({)
ldbltil — ︢
llig (combining left ligature)
lstrok — ł
Lstrok — ?
macr — ¯
mdash — —
middot — ·
mllhring — ʿ
mlPrime — ʹ
mlprime — ʺ
mlrhring — ʾ
nacute — ń
Nacute — Ń
ncaron — ň
Ncaron — Ň
ndash — –
nonjoin (zero width non-joiner)
ntilde — ñ
Ntilde — Ñ
oacute — ó
Oacute — Ó
ocirc — ô
Ocirc — Ô
odblac — ő
Odblac — ?
oelig — œ
OElig — Œ
ogon — ˛
ograve — ò
Ograve — Ò
ohorn — ơ
Ohorn — Ơ
ostrok — ø
Ostrok — Ø
otilde — õ
Otilde — Õ
ouml — ö
Ouml — Ö
para (paragraph)
phono — ℗
plusmn — ±
pound — £
racute — ŕ
Racute — Ŕ
rcaron — ř
Rcaron — Ř
rcedil — ¸
rcommaa — ̕
rcub — }
rdbltil — ︣̕
reg — ®
ring — ˚
ringb –  ̥
rlig — ︡
sacute — ś
Sacute — Ś
scommab — ş
Scommab — Ş
scriptl — ℓ
sharp — ♯
softsign — Ь
spcirc (spacing circumflex)
spgrave (spacing grave)
sptilde (spacing tilde)
spundscr (spacing underscore)
sub (begin subscript)
sup1 — ¹
sup2 — ²
sup3 — ³
szlig — ß
tcaron — ť
Tcaron — Ť
tcommab — ţ
Tcommab — Ţ
thorn — þ
tilde — ~
trade — ™
uacute — ú
Uacute — Ú
ucirc — û
Ucirc — Û
udblac — ű
Udblac — Ű
ugrave — ù
Ugrave — Ù
uhorn — ư
Uhorn — Ư
uml — ¨
under (combining underscore)
uring — ů
Uring — Ů
uuml — ü
Uuml — Ü
vlineb (combining vertical line below)
yacute — ý
Yacute — ?
zacute — ź
Zacute — Ź
zdot — ż
Zdot — Ż

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MarcEdit 5.6’s XSLT Registry

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Oct 022011

MarcEdit’s XML Functions tool gives users the ability to create and register new XSLT functions with the MarcEdit Application.  However, one of the questions that occasionally comes up is how do I share or find new XSLT’s that may work with MarcEdit.  When a user installs MarcEdit, I provide as part of the installation package a set of XSLT’s for users doing common XSLT translations to and from MARC.  However, I write many more that I don’t share and am occasionally sent XSLT’s from users interested in making their crosswalks available to a larger audience.  So, I’ve added to MarcEdit the first phase of an XSLT registry.  This first part of this update will allow users to search and download XSLT’s that I have an added to the registry.  The next enhancement related to this feature will allow users to contribute their own XSLT’s to the application.

So how does it work – well, it’s pretty simple.   I’ve uploaded a YouTube video here:

XSLT Crosswalk Repository

Hopefully this will answer questions – however, if not, feel free to post them here.


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MarcEdit 5.6 available

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Oct 022011

MarcEdit 5.6 has been posted for download.  If you are currently running MarcEdit via Windows and have the automatic updating function enabled, you’ll be notified of the update automatically. 

The current changes to the application are as follows:

  • Bug Fix: Swap fields tool — when moving data from a variable field to a control field using a find criteria, the newly created control field would inherit the indicators and subfields of the swapped variable field.
  • Bug Fix: Screen resolution — When using MarcEdit with the DPI resolution set above 100%, the controls were not redrawing properly
  • New Feature: MarcEdit includes a tool for querying registered xslt crosswalks and downloading them for use with MarcEdit  (see:
  • Enhancement: MARCEngine diacritics expansion — MarcEdit’s diacritics engine has been expanded to recognize ~70 new diacritic mnemonic codes. (
  • Enhancement: MarcEditor Intellisense — when placing a { in the MarcEditor, MarcEdit will now display a list of available diacritic mnemonic codes. (
  • Enhancement: MarcEdit Options: Users can disable the MarcEditor Intellisense by modifying the value found in the MarcEditor tab.
  • Enhancement: MarcEdit MARCValidator: When validating data from within the MarcEditor, a new option (identify invalid records) has been made available.  This function specifically looks for structural issues with the mnemonic file format that can cause issues related to record compilation or cause issues related use of the global functions.  Errors are reported and ranked based on their likelihood of causing record compiling issues, using the scale of Warning, Serious, Critical.
  • Enhancement: Updated Help documentation.
  • Enhancement: Users can now place data marked for the 260c into the 008 when using the delimited text translator.
  • Informative: MarcEdit version number has changed to 5.6


For information about individual updates, please view subsequent posts.


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